23 Sep Faith is Action: M1 Update
ELEVATION CHURCH LAUNCHES M1 INITIATIVE
COMMITS TO SEND 1,000 MENTORS INTO CHARLOTTE-AREA SCHOOLS
(CHARLOTTE) – Training is going on now for the more than 1,600 Elevation Church volunteers who pledged to serve during the new M1 Initiative. The goal of M1 is to connect 1,000 mentors to serve and empower 1,000 children for one year in Charlotte area schools.
Elevation’s lead Pastor Steven Furtick said he’d read about a critical need for mentors in our city and said he believed our church could meet that need. “We have always said we want to be a blessing to our city and support our leaders with a volunteer force they can count on,” said Pastor Furtick.
Dr. Heath Morrison, Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools said, “It’s not bragging if you’re doing it. Thank you, Elevation for stepping up to meet the needs of students in our city.”
Elevation is partnering with 14 local organizations to equip, train, and connect volunteers to students. A Child’s Place, Right Moves for Youth, Communities in Schools Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties, Children’s Attention Home (Rock Hill), CMS, Union, and York County Schools are among the partner organizations.
Elevation also continues to give financially to its partners; recently giving $25,000 to A Child’s Place, $30,000 to Communities in Schools – Safe Journey, $7,000 to Communities in Schools, Gaston County, $25,000 to Right Moves for Youth, and $5,000 each to Druid Hills, Ashley Park, and Piney Grove schools.
Charlotte’s Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon shared his support for the M1 Initiative in a recent video shown to the more than 12,000 in attendance at seven Elevation locations. Cannon said, “I know the importance of mentoring. My mother connected me with a mentor when I was a child to encourage me after the tragic loss of my father. She knew I would need someone to encourage me when so many others said I would never go anywhere, or amount to anything.”
Pastor Steven Furtick has a heart for encouraging and empowering students as the next generation of leaders. When Pastor Steven’s new book GREATER released September 4, volunteers celebrated in a one-for-one initiative, filling more than 2,200 book bags filled with school supplies for every book sold. Students in need from Charlotte to Atlanta, Seattle, Oklahoma City, Chicago, and Los Angeles are receiving the book bags. Hundreds more are being sent to the gulf region in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Pastor Steven’s book has since reached #4 on the New York Times bestseller list.
In April 2012, Elevation succeeded in serving more than 102,000 hours and giving more than $1,038,000 to non-profits in our city in what was called the Orange Initiative.
Of the year-long volunteer effort, Mayor Anthony Foxx said “I know our city is better off because of Elevation Church. This initiative sets the bar for the rest of the community and I am grateful for your vision and commitment to our city.”
Volunteers who want to get involved in this new effort to empower students can sign up at M1Initiative.com.